THE ALFRED MORRIS STORY IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE STORIES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
Dallas Cowboys Running Back Alfred Morris (#46) Running Against His Rookie, All-Pro, and Two-Time Pro-Bowl Team – The Washington Redskins.
ATTENTION: ALL HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS, SUPER ELITE TOP-GUN COMBINE CAMP PLAYERS, and LESTINI FREE AGENT COMBINE CAMP PLAYERS – NEVER GIVE-UP YOUR DREAMS!
In December of 2006, I was living in Covington, Louisiana and as a Football Super Scout, I was Invited To-Come to Pensacola, Florida, about Two Hours Away, to be on a Radio Talk Show about Recruiting in The South. It was Early December and The Playoffs were just getting Started and Pensacola Pine Forest was in the Thick of those Florida Playoffs.
There was a Running Back at Pine Forest that was Doing-Really-Well, but he was “Flying Under The Recruiting Radar” and In Fact, although I had just Published The Max Emfinger December National Newsletter, I had Never heard of him. This Running Back only Gained 391-Yards and Six Touchdowns as a Junior, but as a Senior, he was Piling-Up 250-Yard Games and he was Gaining Strength as The Biggest Surprise of The South.
From the Very Start, of The Radio Talk Show, we started getting Calls about this Pine Forest Running Back Named Alfred Morris. The Unbelievable Thing was that I was able To-Watch Morris on his Highlight Film in The Radio Studio and he was Unbelievable. I asked The Radio Host if he had The Phone Number of The Pine Forest Head Coach and he did have it. So after the Show, I called The Coach to see if he thought that Morris would Live To-Play in Our All-American Bowl Game.
As a Senior in 2006, Alfred Morris became a Super-Star, but since he was not on any of The Early Recruiting Lists, he did not have any Scholarship Offers. Also, as a Junior, Morris was more Noted as a Great Linebacker, as he had Recorded 106 Tackles and Eight Sacks.
I invited Morris to The 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic as a Running Back, but when he got to our First Practice, it was Clear that he also Needed To-Play on Defense, along with being the East Starting Running Back. In The All-American Game, This Incredible Athlete Returned The Second-Half Kickoff, 92-Yards for a Touchdown and He Picked-Up a Fumble on Defense and Ran 12-Yards for another Touchdown.
Alfred Morris was Obviously The Game MVP of The 2007 All-American Bowl Game as he Scored a Touchdown On Offense, On Defense, and On a Kickoff Return. This 92-Yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown, by Alfred Morris, is The First and Only Kickoff Return for a Touchdown after 13 All-American Bowl Games.
When Morris got to our First Practice, he did not have a Single Scholarship Offer, but Florida Atlantic had been Recruiting him Really Hard and they were on the Verge of Offering him a Scholarship and they did Offer and he Accepted.
In 2007, Alfred Morris was Red-Shirted and then in 2008, he played in 11 games and had seven carries for 23 rushing yards. He also accumulated 10 tackles on special teams, which included seven solo tackles.
Morris began his Red-Shirt Sophomore Season in 2009 as a Virtual Unknown Player, but by the end of the Season, he was Holding The Sun Belt Conference Rushing Title with 1,392-Yards Rushing and The 1,392-Yards was a Single Season Florida Atlantic Rushing Record. Morris also Finished his Sophomore Season with an Incredible Seven Straight 100-Yards, The Sunbelt Conference Rushing Title; The Florida Atlantic MVP Award; The Florida Atlantic Football Team Academic Award; and The Florida Atlantic Male Student Athlete of the Year award, as honored by the University’s Provost.
In 2010, during his Final Football Season at Florida Atlantic, Morris Rushed for 928-Yards on 227 Carries and he Averaged 4.1-Yards Per Carry and Scored a Touchdown in 7 of his Last 11 Games. Morris finished just 72-Yards shy of becoming the first Florida Atlantic Football Player to have Back-to-Back 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons.
For his career at Florida Atlantic University, Alfred Morris played in a total of 35 games. He Rushed for 2,343-Yards on 497 Carries and Scored 18 Touchdowns; with a 4.7-Yards Per Carry.
After his Four Years at Florida Atlantic, Morris was Invited to The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and his NFL Scouting Combine Results were: (5-10, 219, 4.61, 35.5, 4,19, 117, 16). Morris Ran a 4.61 at The Florida Atlantic Pro Day.
In The 2012 NFL Draft, Alfred Morris was Drafted in The 6th Round of The NFL Draft and The 173 Overall Selection by The Washington Redskins, while The Redskins #1 Draft Pick was another Friend of mine, Robert Griffin, III. Both of my Friends, Griffin and Morris Started their First Game for The Redskins in their First NFL Game.
The day before The Washington Redskins Season Opener, Head Coach Mike Shanahan Announced that Alfred Morris would be the Starting Running Back. In his NFL Rookie First NFL Career Start, Morris Rushed for 96-Yards on 28 carries and Scored Two Touchdowns against The New Orleans Saints.
2012 Rookie Running Back Alfred Morris (#46) Of The Washington Redskins Had 200-Yards Rushing Against The Dallas Cowboys, His Future Team!
With an Incredible and Amazing 1,613-Yards Rushing for Alfred Morris and 815-Yards Rushing by Griffin, These Two Fabulous Redskins Rookies Accounted for 90% of The Redskins Total Rushing Yardage for The Entire 2012 Regular Season, and led The Redskins to Finish First in the NFL Eastern Division in Rushing.
Griffin Beat-Out Two other Incredible Rookie Quarterbacks for The 2012 NFL Rookie of The Year Award, including Andrew Luck of The Indianapolis Colts and Russell Wilson of The Seattle Seahawks, but Griffin was The Leader of Seven of Ten Different Quarterback Categories in The NFL and his Favorite for The NFL Rookie of The Year was his Teammate, Alfred Morris. These Two Fabulous Rookie Freaks Flipped The Washington Redskins in 2012 from a 5-11 Record in 2011 to a 10-6 Record in 2012.
“Robert Griffin (#10) probably did not have a Playbook at Baylor, because he was such an Incredible Athlete, and he was probably able to Audible on Every Play,” Chris Collinsworth an NFL Announcer, said Jokingly! “And Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan were also going to give Robert Griffin “The Freedom” To share the Football with others as he saw fit and The Greatest Beneficiary of “The Griffin Shares” was The Other Washington Redskins Fabulous Rookie, Alfred Morris (#46) who was also in The Running for The NFL Rookie of the Year.
It is Really Difficult To-Argue with The Robert Griffin Choice For Rookie Of The Year Award, because Alfred Morris Became The Biggest Surprise in The Entire NFL in 2012. Morris Rushed for a Washington Redskins Rushing Record of 1,613-Yards Rushing, breaking the Old Redskins Rushing Record of Clinton Portis of 1,516-Yards in 2005.
Ironically, Alfred Morris also Finished his Fabulous Rookie Season Against his Future Team, The Dallas Cowboys, as he Rushed for 200-Yards, on 33 Carries, Scored 3 Touchdowns, and then broke Two Washington Redskins Records in their 28-18 Victory over The Cowboys in their NFC East Division Final Game of The Season.
His effort in Helping his Washington Redskins to The 28-18 victory gave them The NFC Eastern Conference Championship for the First time since 1999 and earn a playoff spot for the first time since 2007. Morris was Given The NFC Player Of The Week Award in The Dallas Cowboys Game.
Morris also became only The Fourth Player in NFL History to Rush for over 1,600-Yards in his Rookie Season and Unbelievably Ranked Third behind NFL Hall of Fame Eric Dickerson and Heisman Trophy Award Winner George Rogers.
Heisman Trophy Winner, Griffin, was named To Play in The 2013 Pro Bowl In Recognition of his Fabulous Rookie Season, but due to Injuries on his ACL and LCL Ligaments in his Right Knee, he was Negated from the Pro Bowl Roster and replaced by Drew Brees.
The Dallas Cowboys Sign Alfred Morris!
Four-Years Later, On March 22, 2016, The Dallas Cowboys Signed Alfred Morris (#46) to a Two-Year, $3.5M Contract with Potential to earn up to $5.5M.